Thieves Like Us (1974)

Thieves Like Us



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Released in the same 12-month span as Terrence Malick's Badlands (1973) and Steven Spielberg's The Sugarland Express (1974), Robert Altman's Thieves Like Us (1974) also tells a story of doomed outlaws in love. Depression-era criminals T-Dub (Bert Remsen), Chicamaw (John Schuck), and Bowie (Keith Carradine) band together to rob banks after escaping from a prison farm. Hiding out with Dee Mobley (Tom Skerritt) and Keechie (Shelley Duvall), and then with T-Dub's in-law Mattie (Louise Fletcher) … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Calder Willingham, Robert Altman, Joan Tewkesbury
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2007
United Artists


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Critic Reviews for Thieves Like Us

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Robert Altman finds a sure, soft tone in this movie, from 1974, and he never loses it.

Full Review… | December 8, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

At times unbearably objective.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Thieves Like Us proves that when Robert Altman has a solid story and script, he can make an exceptional film, one mostly devoid of clutter, auterist mannerism, and other cinema chic.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is full of things to think about, that hang in the memory like the details of a banal crime story on page 32, which, though read quickly, won't go away. Somehow you know that this happened.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Thieves Like Us

A minor work for Altman but still another exceptional film in his genre experimentation period.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


Altman does Bonnie & Clyde.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


altman's idiosyncratic update of nicholas ray's they live by night. carradine and duvall are sweet and gawky as the doomed lovers. great soundtrack of depression era radio shows really sets the mood. a somewhat forgotten altman but i think it's every bit as good as ray's film if not better. the source novel from 1937 was inspired by the real lives of bonnie and clyde. of course, being an altman film, it's more about the characters than the plot

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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